Zach Britton stranded the winning run on second base in the ninth inning Thursday night, walking a tightrope through a wild final frame. But he still managed to convert his 53rd straight save opportunity in the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles closer allowed a one-out single to Troy Tulowitzki and then walked Russell Martin before both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Britton induced a weak groundout from Kevin Pillar — a ball that Britton pursued but retreated on because shortstop J.J. Hardy had a play at first — to keep the runners idle. Britton then got former Oriole Steve Pearce to fly out to center for the final out.